Burglar fined €2,990

Burglar fined €2,990
A Fermanagh man who admitted his role in a series of burglaries in Ballyshannon has been fined a total of €2,990 at Ballyshannon court.

A Fermanagh man who admitted his role in a series of burglaries in Ballyshannon has been fined a total of €2,990 at Ballyshannon court.

Lee Williams, 8 Barry Gardens, Ballinamallard admitted burglary at Assaroe Road on December 15 last year.

The 20 year-old also admitted the unauthorised taking of a quad at the same location on January 4 and burglary at the East Rock on the same date.

Garda Liam Feeney told the court that Williams was involved in a spate of burglaries culminating in the taking of two Quads, a trailer and several valuable alloy wheels.

The garda said some of the crimes took place at a lock-up that was used by four different people.

Williams and another individual, who was not before the court, took part in the robberies.

Garda Feeney said some of the items had been recovered as a result of the co-operation of the defendant.

The court heard that Feeney was in the company of two others, one of whom, Kerry Doherty, 4 Devenish Park, Garrison, county Fermanagh was before the court and admitted acting as lookout for the burglaries on January 4.

Garda Feeney said that Williams, who had previous convictions for motoring offences in Northern Ireland, was very co-operative on his arrest.

Alloy wheels

The garda added that six alloy wheels, a trailer and one of the quads were not returned.

He said that €1900 criminal damage was done during the stealing of the wheels and €3,250 of the stolen property was still outstanding.

Garda Feeney said Williams had made strong efforts to recompense the victims of the theft.

He said the other individual who took part in the burglaries was outside the jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Florence Hutchinson told the court her client had been taken to Sligo and helped the gardai as much as he could.

He had a tragic background as he lost a dear friend in 2010 and his sister died tragically before the latest events.

“He went off the rails and was sectioned,” the solicitor said.

She added that her client had bought back some of the stolen materials to compensate the victims and he would not re-offend.

A sum of €2,990 was in court.

Serious spate of burglaries

Judge Kevin Kilrane said it was a serious spate of burglaries but the defendant had made strong efforts to make amends and had co-operated fully.

The judge convicted and fined Williams a total of €2,990 for the unauthorised taking of a quad and the burglaries.

He also banned Williams from driving for a year.

Recognisances of €100 and €E4,000 independent bond were fixed in the event of an appeal.

Meanwhile Williams’s accomplice Kerry Doherty was fined €500 for her part in the burglaries.

The court heard she had acted as look-out during the events of January 4-5.

Defence solicitor Florence Hutchinson said her client, who was pregnant, had been friendly with but not romantically involved with Williams.

She deeply regretted the incident and was very disappointed with herself, the solicitor said.

Judge Kilrane fined Doherty €500 and adjourned her case until December 6 for the sum of money to be in Ballyshannon district court.

Some items recovered as a result of the co-operation of the defendant.